Sunday, June 19, 2011

It's Another Floridian - This Time Managing To Destroy His Own Home

FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. -- Officials say a Florida Panhandle man set his own home on fire while trying to clean an infection on his foot.

The Fire Department reported that the man told deputies he was sitting on his bed, using rubbing alcohol to clean his foot Wednesday morning.

He of course was smoking, as any Floridian worth his "nut case" label would do, when his lit cigarette came into contact with the flammable alcohol (duh) and set his sheets on fire. He removed the bedding and ran to get a fire extinguisher, but the flames grew out of control while he was gone. (He probably paused long enough to grab a beer from the fridge to accompany his cigarette.)

The man and several other people in the home at the time at least had enough sense to leave the home and call 911.

Investigators have accepted the man's story because he is a Florida resident, and ruled the fire accidental.

Officials didn't have any damage estimates, but did say the home was no longer livable.

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  1. He'd probably recently moved there from Refugio.

  2. No, he's a native Floridian. He used to be my neighbor.